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Archive for November, 2009

PRODUCT: Your Own Custom-Cut Christmas Tree

Perhaps you live in an area where you can cut down your own perfect Christmas tree. We don’t. We live in a city where pre-cut trees are trucked in, and even the first day they arrive, they barely have a scent. Sometimes we’re tempted to buy a pine scent spray, or even (gasp!) a polyester tree.

To the rescue comes GreenValleyChristmasTrees.com, to put the scent back in Christmas while saving you the schlep. Many of us buy everything else online from the comfort of our desk chairs, so why not the tree?

But even better, these are the highest quality trees (think perfect shape and no bald spots) hand-harvested on the same day they are shipped. You can’t get a fresher tree anywhere without your own saw, say the folks at Green Valley Christmas Trees, who grow premium Fraser Fir, Noble Fir and White Pine Christmas trees.

Your tree will arrive via FedEx: no driving, no traffic, no crowds, no hassle, no heavy lifting and no scratches on the car. If only the rest of the holidays were this easy.

For people who “have everything” (like your parents), a fresh-cut Christmas tree makes a great holiday gift.

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Fresh-cut for you. Not just a beautiful Fraser
Fir, but fragrant. Photo courtesy of GreenValleyChristmasTrees.com.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Our Daily Truffle

 

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Black truffle butter and white truffle
butter on bread: a heavenly snack! Photo by
Melody Lan | THE NIBBLE.

Another way to enjoy truffles for the holidays—and every day of the year—is with truffle butter.

D’Artagnan’s truffle butter is our favorite little indulgence. For the price of a cocktail, you can have a three-ounce tub of precious, sweet butter, chock-full of black or white truffle pieces. It’s as satisfying as a truffle dish.

We spread it on French rolls or a fresh baguette and are ecstatic. Try it as an hors d’oeuvre with wine.

Or, toss truffle butter with angel hair pasta, add it to a baked potato and butter your vegetables. Put a tablespoon in sauces and create masterpieces. You’ll be in truffle heaven for about $10.

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GIFTS: Gourmet Chocolate & Caramel Gifts Under $15.00

You can give delicious chocolates and caramels on a budget. Our selection is so tempting, you should probably order some for yourself, too! We’ve got:

  • Soft, buttery caramels from Indulge Caramels, in 13 flavors.
  • Ghost chile chocolate bars from Lillie Belle Farms that are the hottest and best we’ve had.
  • A set of three Angel Chocolate Bars, each wrapper with a different lovely angel painting by the chocolatier, Joy di Vita.
  • And more.

Check out our “Under $15.00” Chocolate Gifts list.

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Fruit cups, filled with white chocolate ganache
in boysenberry, lemon and strawberry, from
Lillie Belle Farms. Photo courtesy of Foodzie.com.

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GIFTS: Favorite Boxed Chocolates

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Theo Chocolates, one of our recommen-
dations, is both organic and Fair Trade
Certified. Photo courtesy Theo Chocolate.

If your thoughts for gift-giving lean to fine chocolates, here is our “short list” for the holidays.

Prices range from $15.00 and up, but not that far up—we know it’s a tight economy!

  • See our recommendations for a chocolate gift. In addition to modern classics from some of America’s most noteworthy artisans, there are confections that look like sushi!
  • Browse THE NIBBLE’s entire Chocolate Section—reviews, articles, Chocolate Glossary and more!

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TIP OF THE DAY: Truffle Peelings = Truffle Bargains

Truffle season is upon us, and black winter truffles will be coming into the market soon. If you’re jonesing for the heady aroma and taste of black truffles, but going out for a plate of truffled pasta isn’t an affordable fix, look for a jar of truffle peelings and make your own special dinner entrée or first course.

The peelings are the shaved outer layer of the whole truffle. They’re easy to find online; MarxFoods.com sells them. They may seem costly, but compare $85.00 or so for 8 ounces compared to more than $100 for one ounce of fresh black winter truffles.

1. Toss angel hair pasta with fine unsalted butter or truffle butter and the peelings—and use one of your nicest plates. A hearty red wine is a perfect companion.

2. You also can use the peelings in sauces, scrambled eggs and mashed potatoes or as garnishes.

Be careful—it could become a habit!

  • Discover our favorite truffle butter, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week, from D’Artagnan.
  • Learn all about truffles.
Whole and Cut Black Truffles

Can’t afford the real thing (who can!)? Look
for jars of truffle peelings. Photo by Kelly
Cline | IST.

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